BullshitI find it amazing and somewhat silly that some researchers investigate meaningless associations that state the obvious, believing their work somehow advances the understanding of their chosen subject matter.

Consider this journal article in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network Open…

Comparing Risks of Firearm-Related Death and Injury Among Young Adult Males in Selected US Cities With Wartime Service in Iraq and Afghanistan

Key Points

Question How does the risk of firearm-related death and injury for young adult males in parts of 4 major US cities compare with the corresponding risks faced by military personnel deployed to war?

Findings This cross-sectional study of 129 826 young adult men living in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles in 2020 and 2021 found that young adult males from zip codes with the most violence in Chicago and Philadelphia had a notably higher risk of firearm-related death than US military personnel who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while the most violent areas in New York City and Los Angeles were associated with less risk for young adult males than these theaters of war. In all zip codes studied, risks were overwhelmingly borne by young adult males from minoritized racial and ethnic groups.

[OCS: Not so coincidently, the areas studied, mostly inner city zip codes, have the highest minority populations, the highest drug-related violence, and most of the deaths are targeted at members of the same minority community or cross-minority communities in the instance of criminal turf wars.]

Meaning This study’s finding that young adult males of minoritized racial and ethnic groups in parts of major US cities faced greater firearm-related risks at home than did soldiers at war calls for an urgent response that emphasizes violence reduction and trauma-informed interventions.

[OCS: Imagine that! Did they consider soldiers on both sides of the battlefield or just U.S. casualties which grossly understates the dangers on the battlefield for all combatants?]

Importance In 2020, homicides in the United States saw a record single-year increase, with firearm injuries becoming the leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults. It is critical to understand the magnitude of this crisis to formulate an effective response.

Objective To evaluate whether young adult males living in parts of 4 major US cities faced a firearm-related death and injury risk comparable with risks encountered during recent wartime service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conclusions and Relevance In this cross-sectional study, for young adult men in several of the communities studied, firearm violence carried morbidity and mortality risks that exceeded those of war. Health equity requires prioritizing effective responses.

[OCS: In my opinion, the study is bullshit and meaningless.]

<Source: JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(12):e2248132. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.48132>

(1)  The American Medical Association has a known leftist bias with an emphasis on gun control rather than crime control – and this is often reflected in articles accepted for publication.

(2)   It is scientifically meaningless to characterize gun deaths in a civilian population against those in a war zone unless one deliberately seeks media attention.

(3)   If the researchers were intellectually curious, perhaps they would have studied the predominant political culture, which is soft on crime and criminals – plea bargaining away serious gun-related felonies to obtain a guaranteed conviction with a minimum expenditure of time and money. Allowing violent re-offenders to roam the streets and reengage the residents with violent behavior. Or a community reluctant to cooperate with local law enforcement to prevent, investigate, or prosecute gun-related crime as they attempt to defund the police.

Bottom line…


Another ticket-punching exercise by academics seeking to be published. As if the total number of publications were more important than the probative value of the research.

Protect yourself and your family because progressive communist democrats want to disarm you and remove your right to self-defense. The same group of progressive communist democrats is more concerned with criminals than the criminal’s victims.

We are so screwed.

-- Steve


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